Rue des Bouchers
This is the most international street in a city with a strongly cosmopolitan air because it attracts the largest number of visitors. It is one of the pedestrian precincts in the “Ilot Sacré” and it draws tourists both for its unique atmosphere and because of the never-ending bustle (especially in the evening). Its name dates back to the days when there was still a butcher’s shop there; now the street has a plethora of restaurants with tables spilling out onto the narrow pavement. Many of the houses have crow-stepped gables and there is a row of superbly decorated doors dating from the 1 7C. Rue des Bouchers is worth visiting for its warm, friendly atmosphere alone, but the street also bears many testimonies of the past, also worthy of note.
The famous Galleries St-Hubert comprising the Galerie du Roi, Galerie de la Reine and Galerie des Princes divide the street into two sections. Besides being a veritable culinary corridor, with its generous amount of restaurants, you can also explore the beautiful galleries and structures near by. This old part of Brussels is studded with as many eateries and architectural goodies. You just have to walk around and you are bound to happen upon a nice surprise. Towards the top of the street, opposite n° 58, there is a vaulted passageway leading toa small square adorned with a delightful fountain. In summer, visitors can appreciate the tranquillity and freshness of this spot (on weekdays, the square is open from 8.30am to 5pm. Also accessible from 52 rue de la Montagne). Further down the street, at the end of the Impasse de la Fidélité, the small fountain known as “Jeanneke Pis” is reminiscent of its famous male counterpart, Manneken Pis. It is a bronze figure by Debouvrie unveiled in 1987. A coin thrown into the basin is said to ensure the virtue that has given the cul-de-sac its name (Faithfulness).
20 pictures of the rue des Bouchers